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  • Well of course!! Less than 4% of people who catch this virus die! So doing nothing is effective enough for 95% of the population! There is also a vaccine. https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/nih-clinical-trial-investigational-vaccine-covid-19-begins
    • Archie Bunker
      There's a flu vaccine too. And how many people die from that?
    • Linda Joy
      And how many people die from other things but since they had coronavirus they've been told to mark it as due to corona?
    • Linda Joy
      There is a measles vaccine, too, but an alarming number of people are still dying from it.
    • Archie Bunker
      It's an election year, Linda. It's all hype.
    • Linda Joy
      You got that right!
  • COVID-19 vaccines are being researched across the world. I couldn't give you a specific medicine. We know people who are infected with the virus need supportive care to help them breathe. Take it from Tom Hanks and other celebrities. They're still self-quarantined obviously, but they are feeling a lot better.
    • Linda Joy
      Some people who have the virus have no symptoms. But I'm very thankful and sympathetic to those who are growing antibodies for the rest of us!
    • Jenny Rizzo is brilliant ⭐
      We can make it sound like everything is fine and dandy, but some people as you say are turning out to be the majority in a life or death situation. The virus is a slow and a silent killer. In the US, more than 13,000 thousand people are infected with the virus, not to mention more than 207,000 thousand people worldwide on 3/19/2020. As the months go on, it will not be a surprise if the cases increase.
    • Jenny Rizzo is brilliant ⭐
      And yep, after checking back in this subject in a 4 month period, the virus has increased to 12.6 million confirmed cases and 230,000 thousand deaths worldwide on 7/13/2020.
    • bostjan64
      11 Dec 2020 - 1.6 deaths officially ruled as covid. 69.8 million cases, of which 23 million are still ongoing. That means that one third of the reported cases of covid ever are happening right now. This is potentially the most critical time for prevention. There are still zero effective treatments, but a vaccine approved today by the FDA was shown to be near-surgically effective at prophylaxis in clinical trials.
    • Jenny Rizzo is brilliant ⭐
      bostjan64, as the months go by in 12/14/2020, the Pfizer vaccine has already had its first scare with reports of 2 allergic reactions during the rollout in Britain. Both patients recovered, but the incidents were enough to make Americans wary of assurances from the government and drug companies regarding safety.
    • bostjan64
      1.6M deaths is 0.021% of the world's population dead from covid, so far, and we haven't yet crested. 2 of 44k allergic reactions is 0.005% who reacted, and both are now fully recovered. Odds are better with the vaccine, but each individual must make his or her own choice.
    • Jenny Rizzo is brilliant ⭐
      bostjan64, this week’s national ensemble forecast predicts that the number of newly reported COVID-19 deaths will likely increase over the next 4 weeks with 16,400 to 27,600 new deaths likely to be reported in the week ending January 16, 2021. Quote: "but each individual must make his or her own choice." Many Americans are still skeptical of the Covid vaccine.
  • Don't believe all the media hype. It's not the doom and gloom that they would have you believe.
  • President Trump is recommending hydroxychloroquine sulfate. It's a drug used to prevent malaria. In the case of malaria, the drug prevents the disease if you have already taken it, though, so, I'm unclear as to whether this is recommended for people who already have coronavirus or people who are at risk of contracting it.
    • Linda Joy
      That don't sound right! Why would Trump be recommending drugs? Do you have a link, please?
    • Berzyerk
      https://www.forbes.com/sites/lisettevoytko/2020/03/19/trump-says-fda-approved-anti-malaria-drug-chloroquine-to-test-as-coronavirus-treatment/#18fc1f37303d
    • Berzyerk
      How do I post a link?
    • Berzyerk
      He is the president. so he has vested interest in keeping Americans safe. Also, as president, he has access to the best medical professionals in the country for advice. Being an election year in the US, he also needs to be on top of his public relations.
    • Linda Joy
      Trump didn't recommend it he said the FDA approved it. See this is how misinformation gets spread! You posted the link just fine, though. I only just now saw it.
    • bostjan64
      Linda Joy, I know you don't ignore all news, but you must have ignored an awful lot of it over the summer, when Trump wouldn't stop talking about HCQ. Since Trump's quotes are often incoherent, posting them here would be a mess, so I'll post a link instead that highlights quotes where Trump says that "we have a powerful drug" and so forth, referring to HCQ: https://www.statnews.com/2020/04/06/trump-hydroxychloroquine-fact-check/
    • Linda Joy
      I miss news on purpose. I only look up what I want to know. You must think everyone cares as much about this as you do. NEWS FLASH - THEY DON'T! I stopped watching tv around 2009 when I went homeless, and gave my tv back to the homeless shelter when they provided one with my apartment when I was finally able to afford one. Some things in life are more important than being a know it all. Besides the fact I was encouraged to get rid of my tv and become a writer. And just for future reference I'm not even a little bit normal so don't assume I do normal. I don't.
    • bostjan64
      Normal people usually bore me anyway. Are you implying that most people don't care about treatments for covid or about what Trump says?
  • No. Plenty of conspiracies and half truths going around though.
  • Toilet paper apparently.
  • Some of the Princess Cruise patients were treated with Remdezivir and died anyway. I would say that the prospects of it working effectively are pretty slim.
    • Linda Joy
      Some weren't and died anyway. I'd say it may work for some, but better options have come to light. Even natural antibodies don't work for long.
    • bostjan64
      That's true. Natural antibodies are removed from the bloodstream as a decaying exponential function with a half-life of about 36-40 days. For those who don't know exactly what that means, it does NOT mean that you die after 40 days or get infected again after 40 days or anything quite like that. It means that, after recovery, your adaptive immunity fades rapidly, but there is not an arbitrary point in time when people get sick again.
    • bostjan64
      11 Dec 2020 - And now we have some data about T cell half-life as well, placing it at around 120 days.
  • As of now, there is no specific treatment for corona virus, however they are treating the patients based on the symptoms or clinical condition. Prevention is still the best way to minimize the spread of corona virus like social distancing and proper hand washing.
    • mushroom
      20 million people in NY can't be wrong.
    • Archie Bunker
      Is the mask that I'm required to wear, that specifically says is doesn't stop Covid-19, good enough?
    • Linda Joy
      better than nothing.
    • bostjan64
      It's like jumping out of an airplane with a parachute someone else packed. Maybe it won't work, but if you leave it off when you jump, your odds of survival are worse than if you wear it.
    • Archie Bunker
      Even if the parachute says, "DO NOT USE TO JUMP OUT OF AIRPLANES?" Explain how that makes my odds better, please.
    • bostjan64
      The slower you are going when you hit the ground, the lower your odds of fatal injury. Even a parachute unintended for skydiving will increase air resistance, thus decreasing terminal velocity, thus increasing odds of survival.
  • Well, it took a while, relative to how quickly SARS-CoV-2 spreads, but there is some definitive data about this now: https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa2023184#:~:text=A%20total%20of%202750%20patients,1%20month%20earlier%20and%2099.7%25 . Turns out Remdezivir does nothing, and HCQ appears to actually make patients slightly more likely to die. Taking this into account with other evidence that virtually every other treatment has been ineffective so far, the last few good eggs yet accounted are in the vaccine's basket. Clinical trials were very promising, and at least two vaccine manufacturers have done some clever engineering to make sure that the immunity from the vaccine fades much less rapidly than natural immunity, which is great news. However; a lot of Americans, particularly those who are less healthy and older, tend not to trust vaccines, especially new ones and especially ones that use clever tricks. The vaccines also have to be stored and transported at a temperature of 200 K, which is going to require additional infrastructure, and if there are two doses required, we are talking multiple hundreds of millions of doses moving around. Quite a feat, but it'd be a real shame if a significant portion of the effort turned out to be for nothing.
  • I do not know what it is. But yes they have treatment and medicine for the Corona Virus, but they have not yet confirmed an official vaccine. 😔

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